Why I Believe: C.S. Lewis and Me – Part One

84 years ago, former atheist C. S. Lewis converted to Christianity. 45 years I later, I followed in his footsteps. Thank you, Jack!

Mitch Teemley


The truth that compelled me to journey from atheism to faith also had a profound impact on my spiritual mentor C.S. Lewis.  Here, in three parts, is my story.

Few have broughtso much baggage along on their journey of faith—my carry-on was way over the weight limit—as I had when I got down on my knees in the dark and declared my dependence upon God in the bicentennial year 1976.  I simply had no choice; the Hound of Heaven had tracked me down and cornered me in my little cinderblock study. I had no idea that nearly fifty years earlier a reticent Oxford don named C. S. Lewis, known to his friends as “Jack,” had made the same begrudging journey from atheism to deism to Christ:

“You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even…

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10 Responses to Why I Believe: C.S. Lewis and Me – Part One

  1. atimetoshare says:

    What a lovely testimony

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  2. Interesting. Thanks for sharing

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  8. sitting bull says:

    Dear Mitch,
    thank you for telling readers of my blog about your valuable post.
    and congratulations to your beautiful photos – if you made them – hats off !
    Your blog reminds me of the “conversations with god” by Neale Donals somehow.

    It is nice to see how you found the divine – now my only question is why we Christians do mostly subscribe to an external god who has a masculine fatherly authority?
    (and I ask this having been an altar-boy)

    I fully can understand that it is very comforting to believe in the possibility of mercy,
    but it seems to me to be an act of laziness to simply rely on god’s love,
    so that most orthodox Christians do deny themselves the opportunity to add an active evolvement in the form of spiritual practices, such as yoga or meditation?
    Isn’t it that when we walk one step towards god – god walks a step towards us?

    I see no contradiction in both beliefs.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Sitting Bull (sorry, I don’t know your name), no, I’m afraid I can’t take credit for the photos used in the above post.

      Re. The masculine pronouns for God used by Christians: Neither biblical Hebrew nor Greek offers a genderless pronoun, but the Bible teaches that God is a spirit, i.e. neither male nor female in the biological sense. In addition, the qualities we associate with masculinity (bravery, protection, provision) and femininity (gentleness, intuition, nurturing) are both drawn from God’s character. However, since nearly all societies throughout history have been patriarchal, to label God “she” would have been understood to mean God was incapable of ruling. So Hebrew, Greek, and virtually all English translations of the Bible use “he” because, on the one hand, it does double duty as the gender-neutral form in these languages, and on the other, because it implies that he is a strong Being who is capable of ruling over creation. Modern societies are gradually moving away from patriarchal assumptions, but our language hasn’t yet adopted any universally accepted genderless form to express the change. Yes, there is the term “it,” but “it” is too associated with nonliving things and non-sentient creatures to represent a human being or intelligent Creator.

      Re. Why Christians do not practice yoga and meditation: Many practice both, actually. Most sincere Christians who do yoga only practice it as a physical discipline, however, since the spiritual form includes teachings that are at odds with Christian beliefs. And meditation, which is frequently mentioned in the Bible, has been an integral part of Christian spirituality from the beginning (I practice it every day).


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